Talk:Unsuccessful Eurovision Song Contest applicants

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Inclusion of UK constituent countries[edit]

I have removed the addition of the UK constituent countries to this article. This addition did slightly veer off what this article was originally for, given that these countries do already participate as part of the UK, the only "attempt" is for them to appear as separate entrants. In general it is bad practice to duplicate information across article, and this information is already dealt with in the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest article. If the information is to be moved here, just a link should be left behind over there, and all the sources transferred as well. Furthermore, if this did happen, it would be misleading to list England separately as they themselves have made no effort at all to participate separately. Finally, as noted in my edit summary, there should be no flag given for Northern Ireland in to keep the peace, since it doesn't have one. CT Cooper · talk 11:54, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

I think that we sould write again about Scotland User:Adamantios 171101 16:31 17 June 2013 —Preceding undated comment added 13:34, 17 June 2013 (UTC)
Why when they haven't even applied to participate? They have only talked about wishing to participate, but understand that they cannot while Scotland is still part of the United Kingdom. The whole point of this article is to detail countries that have made an application to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, only to have their application rejected by the EBU (such as Liechtenstein) or subsequently withdrew their application to participate from one reason or another (such as Lebanon and Tunisia). WesleyMouse 13:51, 17 June 2013 (UTC)


The article currently states:

The country has made attempts to participate in the contest in the past: in 1969 a French language song had apparently been selected to represent Liechtenstein at the Contest, held in Madrid, Spain. The song, "Un beau matin" by Vetty, would not have been able to represent the German-speaking country due to rules stating that only songs in the national language could represent the country – however as there was no Liechtensteiner television broadcaster in 1969 there was no possibility that Liechtenstein could enter the contest. Later, it was found that this was a pun made up by a French comedian.

What does this mean? Did a French comedian make up the idea that "Un beau matin" was to be selected as the Liechtenstein selection for Eurovision as a joke, and if he did, who believed it? And why would that even be worthy of mention in this article? If it is just a joke with no basis in reality, it doesn't belong in this article. --Metropolitan90 (talk) 12:58, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Confusing scope[edit]

The scope of this page is very unclear at the moment - there doesn't seem to be any clear agreement on what should be included and what shouldn't, for instance there has been efforts to include UK consistent countries, which I have removed for now (see above). The title is rather problematic, and it defines the article as covering unsuccessful ESC applications, which the lead supports. Only problem is that a good few of the countries listed have not actually applied to participate in the contest, and so could not have been unsuccessful, making the title misleading. Looking at the article content: Kazakhstan, Tunisia, and Qatar have not actually directly tried to participate. These are simply trying to join the EBU and/or have expressed interest in participating. The original article title, Unsuccessful attempts to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, is also rather problematic for similar reasons, although "attempts to participate" is more open that "applicants", meaning we could get away with listing non-applicants in the article. I'm not sure what the best way forward is. Any thoughts? CT Cooper · talk 10:01, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

In my opinion, this article probably could do with being merged into the main Eurovision Song Contest article. Countries such as Lebanon, Liechtenstein, and Tunisia who have had artists/songs to participate only to withdraw from participating at the final hurdle; they have their own articles which cover these facts. Other nations such as Qatar, USSR, and Kazakhstan haven't even been granted active EBU membership; and I'm pretty sure the national broadcasters for those respective countries are fully aware that they are required to have active EBU membership before registering for Eurovision - otherwise they would have gone through similar routes such as Lebanon by hosting a national final. It is countries such as Qatar etc that could probably be worded better into the main Eurovision article under a heading "countries that expressed an interest" or something along those lines. WesleyMouse 12:56, 6 June 2013 (UTC)
I'm inclined to agree that a merger would be a good idea. Perhaps merging it into List of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest would be a good idea, particular since the content at List of countries in the Eurovision Song Contest#Unsuccessful attempts to participate hardly expands on the content here, and could be re-worked. In any case, countries in very different positions shouldn't all be lumped together like they are in this article. CT Cooper · talk 15:45, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
Hmm I had forgotten about that article you mentioned. Yes, it would be better to merge the content into that section rather than having this article basically duplicating everything; whilst keeping Liechtenstein, Lebanon, and Tunisia articles in their own stand-alone rights (as they have selected artists/songs only to either have their participation rejected by the EBU (in Liechtenstein's case), or withdrawn at the last minute (as was the case for Lebanon and Tunisia). And I cannot see anyone really objecting too much to the merge especially when they see the logic behind where it would be merged too. WesleyMouse 16:00, 8 June 2013 (UTC)